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Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

“Commitment to Excellence – Preparation for the Future”

Monday, Nov. 6 • 6:00 p.m.

CTA Auditorium

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

October 

21 XC Class D State Championship (Shepherd, MI)

24 Picture Retake Day

27 Student Early Release

Popcorn Day

November 

2 Cross Country Banquet

3 Early Release Day

5 Charger Voices Perform at the Grand Rapids Griffins

6 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting 6:00 p.m.

6-9 K-12 Student-Led Conferences

9 Hearing and Vision Screening

8 Coffee Time with the MS and HS Principal

14 Cedar Springs Brewery PA Fundraiser 4-9:00 p.m.

15 Coffee Time with the Elementary Principal 8:00 a.m.

16 PA Meeting 6:00 p.m.

17 Early Release Day

21 Early Release Day

11-26 Thanksgiving Break

* Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

● 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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Successful Walk-A-Thon benefits elementary students

Third grade students Deegan VanHarten and Colren Bailey jump double at the jump rope station.

The Creative Technologies Academy Parent Association held their annual walk-a-thon on October 6. It was a huge success! They raised almost $3,800. This fundraiser was held to benefit the elementary grades to provide field trips and other classroom needs. The walk was held on the school grounds and the classes took turns with their reading buddies participating in the walk-a-thon activities. They all really enjoyed it, and had a lot of fun! The PA did it a little different than in the past years and opted to have activity stations. The students raced on scooters,

Fourth grader Natalie Haan races around the basketball court during one of the stations.

swiveled hula hoops, jumped rope, and danced to music. The teachers also enjoyed engaging with their students and watching them enjoy themselves. A huge thank you to our sponsors – Walmart and Meijer for gift cards to buy our snacks and water and Burger King for donating free hamburgers or a free ice cream cone vouchers. Our top class who raised the most money was the 3rd graders who will receive a pizza party and $200 towards books for their classroom. The 5th grade class also earned a pizza party. Thank you to all who helped plan, volunteered on-site and donated to make the walk a huge success!

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Support the PA Fundraiser at Cedar Springs Brewing Company!

 

Tuesday, Nov. 14 • 4 – 9:00 p.m. 

95 N. Main Street, Cedar Springs

CS Brewing will donate 10% of total food sales to the CTA PA for Middle School and High School field trips.

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CTA welcomes new Secondary Special Education Teacher

 

Ted Cusack

Mr. Ted Cusack began at CTA on Monday, October 16 as the resource teacher for grades 7-12.

Mr. Cusack holds a B.A. and teaching certification from Aquinas College and a Master’s degree from Marygrove College. He has 13 years of teaching experience and will be a valuable asset to our SPED staff.

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XC Team pushes the limits

Front (L to R): Austin Fisk, Dawson Ingersoll, Jordan Brown, James Hofstra, Collin Bishop, Les Miner, Molly Wortz, Hannah Nickelsen. Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Ben Fredrickson, Ethan Slock, Kevin Miner, Faith Watson, Hannah Hofstra, Autumn Watson, Casen Armstrong, Brin Calkins, Head Coach Todd Bowmar.

The CTA cross country season is drawing to an eventful conclusion. With two races remaining, 12 of 15 runners have achieved lifetime Person Records including Autumn Watson and Hannah Nickelsen who have taken nearly 10 minutes and 5 minutes off their times respectively. As the Chargers move into championship season, they are primed with early successes. Les Miner was runner up in the conference championship race while seven runners medaled, just two days after conferences at the Montabella Mustang Invite. Faith Watson, Hannah Hofstra and Brin Calkins led the Girl’s HS team to a 3rd place finish while Les Miner, Collin Bishop and James Hofstra paced the Boy’s HS team to a solid team finish. Jordan Brown also medaled in the MS race. The Chargers will look for even better Career Personal Records on Sat. Oct. 21st and Sat. Oct. 28th at the Class D and Independent State Championships.

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Enhancing the reading experience at home and in the class

A kindergarten student shows off his in-class reading and writing journal.

HELLO CHARGERS! The CTA Elementary hosted a Kindergarten through second grade Literacy Night on October 12. Parents received critical information about the importance of supporting reading at home as well as information about the new Third Grade Reading Law.

Students led parents on classroom tours, to show off all the good things that are happening in the classrooms to enhance their reading experience. Our youngest chargers went on a scavenger hunt to show anchor charts, reading tools, self selected book boxes and more. The night was filled with games, refreshments, prizes and FUN!

We had a record attendance of families showing interest and support for literacy at home. A BIG thank you to the families who attended – we greatly appreciate your partnership.

We are already looking forward to our third through fifth literacy night in the spring!

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Welcome Back, Chargers!

Welcome back to another amazing year at CTA Elementary! We are starting this year with a few new faces. We welcome two new faces in the Elementary building and one returning face but with a new title. In first grade, we welcome Kim Wilson. Mrs. Wilson is returning to the Cedar Springs area from a couple year teaching stint in Las Vegas where she taught kindergarten and has returned to southwest Michigan to be with her children and grandchildren. In second grade, we welcome Gabby VanKrimpen. This is her first year teaching. She has a daughter Avery, who is 6 years old. Here is a fun fact about Mrs. VanKrimpen: “My favorite season is Fall! I love spending my Sundays watching the Detroit Lions play football and making crockpot meals!” We are so lucky to have Mrs. Vankrimpen and Mrs. Wilson join our team. Finally, we welcome a returning teacher, Mrs. Kate Bialkowski, who was our former first grade teacher. This year she will be our Early Elementary Reading Specialist. Mrs. Bialkowski is a mother of two – her daughter Charlotte is 4 and son Crosby is 6 months old. We are blessed to have Mrs. Bialkowski back and in a new position.

The WHOLE staff is extremely excited for another great year at Creative Technologies Academy!

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CTA Character Education

The fifth grade class presents their character traits they will focus on for the school year.

September Character Trait is RESPECT each month, CTA focuses on a character trait that we discuss, learn, collaborate and implement into our lives at school, home and our community. Our administration meets with our high school students twice a month and meets weekly with our elementary and middle school students to focus on this character trait. Our teachers at CTA spend time each day implementing this character trait into their instruction.

First grade students Frank Rose, Brody Norman and Gwen Middlebrook share their character traits they will try to implement into their personal and school lives throughout the year.

Character Day 2017

On September 13, 2017 CTA participated in the fourth annual Character Day. CTA was part of this global movement of over 130,000 events happening in over 119 countries. Events took place from K-12 school districts, to universities such as UC Berkeley, Harvard, to the U.S. Air Force to companies, to individual families across the country and world. Here at CTA, we engaged in conversation about the importance of developing character and each student chose a character trait as their goal for the 2017-18 school year.

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Cross Country teams show individual and team success

The boys team puts their strongest foot forward at the Hill and Bale Invitational.

Captain Brin Calkins, doesn’t miss a step as she hurdles the straw bales at the Hill and Bale Invitational.

CTA’s cross country season is off to early successes for both the team and its individual athletes. The Chargers have had individuals medal in each of its first three invitationals; Baker Woods, Hill and Bale and Spartan. The Chargers boy’s team is led by Senior Captain Les Miner and Sophomore Collin Bishop. The Lady Chargers have a mix of returning runners and first time runners led by Sophomore Faith Watson and Captain Brin Calkins. The Chargers look to continue their success after a week off with a conference dual meet on 9/27 and the Falcon Invite in Allendale on 9/30. The Chargers Cross Country teams are both coached by Head Coach Todd Bowmar and Assistant Coach Ben Fredrickson.

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